This winter’s most exciting hotel openings, from Waikiki to Denver
Why we’re excited: Opening in January, just in time for peak ski season, the new A-Frame Club is a different kind of mountain hotel: intimate, conscious, design-led, and unpretentious. Each of the thirty-one eponymous A-frame cabins integrates ski nostalgia with modern conveniences such as B. beautiful cedar and birch wood throughout, deep soaking tubs, Malm fireplaces, and fully equipped kitchenettes. Over in the main salon you can put your feet up and enjoy a wood-fired, French-Alpine inspired après-ski experience. If you’re looking for a ski trip that’s less about a scene and more about hygge, look no further. Rooms from $500.
Sofitel Legends Casco Viejo, Panama City
Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo – Panama City
Where it is: Casco Viejo in Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of those rare neighborhoods that has managed to retain an impeccable sense of history and atmosphere. You can still meet a pirate, a world leader or James Bond himself around every corner – and the new Sofitel Legend Casco Viejo is at the heart of the action, on a prime stretch of waterfront overlooking the Bay of Panama.
Why we’re excited: Sofitel Legends doesn’t just open up anywhere. The brand is only attracted to the most architecturally iconic buildings in culturally rich destinations: the Old Cataract in Aswan, Egypt; the metropolis in Hanoi, Vietnam; The big one in Amsterdam. Now North America is getting its first Sofitel Legend, opening this winter in one of the continent’s best-preserved historic neighborhoods. The location is great, just steps from the Teatro Nacional and La Catedral del Oro and a short drive to the city’s financial center for business travelers. The hotel promises to have all the bells and whistles of a Sofitel, including a spacious pool area, a luxe spa, French-inspired fine dining, and a level of service worthy of the hotel’s impeccable location. Rooms from $369.
Drive Palm Springs
Drive Palm Springs
Where It’s Located: It’s in the heart of sunny Palm Springs, where even in the depths of winter, the average daily temperature is 70 degrees and sunny.
Why we’re excited: Drift Palm Springs is the latest in a hospitality brand taking the West Coast by storm—first came Drift San Jose del Cabo in November 2021, followed by Drift Santa Barbara this fall, and in February the brand will open in Palm Springs in the heart of the city. Overlooking the surrounding San Jacinto Mountains and just a short walk from many attractions like the Palm Springs Art Museum, this 30-room hotel has 84 guest rooms ranging from singles to four-bedroom suites, making it a great Makes option for families and groups of friends alike. The design draws on a mix of the region’s multiple influences – mid-century modern, Spanish colonial, Moorish modern – and pays homage to each, which feels refreshing in a city that feels a little heavy on its mid-century roots century can support. And of course, it has all the things we love and expect from a SoCal resort: a sun-drenched pool area with a poolside bar and cabanas; Maleza, an all-day dining restaurant serving Baja Mexican fare; and a lawned area with fire pits and yoga studio. Just don’t forget your sun protection factor. From $275 per room.